Serving In Florida Rhetorical Analysis

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Chance to Advance Do the working poor in America even have a shot at advancing? This question is asked quite frequently with an economy like we have in America today, where even the upper middle class "live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet". In Barbara Ehrenreiche's "Serving In Florida", She provides first hand examples of how hard it is for the working poor to make it. By using unusually informal and blunt diction, powerful imagery, and concrete logos in order to reveal that the working poor cannot prosper and succeed, but instead are stuck in a life of poverty and sadness. One way Ehrenreich proves just how bad the working poor have it is through informal diction. This often says a lot about the audience of a paper. Ehrenreich is writing to the general public, the average person, but not other working class…show more content…
This imagery is once again a way for you to feel as if you are there. This makes the audience feel what Ehrenreich feels as an underpaid working American, which will help push the audience to believe that there is no chance for advancing. She always describes the gross conditions she works in on a day to day basis. Ehrenreich says people are smoking and that if you "put your hand down on any counter you risk being stuck to it by the film of ancient syrup spills". This proves a gross and unfit working place for anyone. Ehrenreich describes all the people working with her, their appearance, their actions, and some of their motives. She describes their wardrobe, their Hawaiian shirts, their polo shirts, and their khakis. She talks about the employees who work her shift with her, one of which being “Nina, the tattooed twenty-something who taunts us by going around saying brightly “Have we started making money yet?””. She describes how they talk to her and to others. Finally, she mentions the manager yelling at her “No eating!” when she is extremely hungry on the second
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